Michigan Court Examines One Of Granholm's Last Acts

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- One of Gov. Jennifer Granholm's final acts is being examined in an unusual place: the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a rare case involving a governor's power to commute prison sentences. Before leaving office in 2010, Granholm commuted the life sentence of a Detroit-area man, making him eligible for parole after more than 20 years behind bars.

But Granholm changed her mind after criticism from the victim's family.

Lawyers for Matthew Makowski say it was illegal for Granholm to abandon her initial decision, especially because she had signed the document.

Makowski was convicted of first-degree murder for arranging the robbery of a health club co-worker in Dearborn in 1988. Makowski wasn't present and didn't know the robbers would be armed. Pete Puma was fatally stabbed.

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